Bringing old-world folk ways to life in our modern day: traditional food, traditional handicraft and traditional skills.
Hello, I’m Rachel!
Welcome to Verity Folk School, I’m so happy to have you here! This is where I share my passion for traditional living. Here you will find old-world recipes, handicraft tutorials and guidance for practicing traditional skills. You’re in the right place if you’re into slow living and living a life guided by God’s Truth.
I am a Christian, a wife and a homesteader. I live in a quaint 1920’s bungalow on an acre in the Midwest. On my humble homestead you’ll find two curious cats, a flock of laying hens, and weedy gardens planted with herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. In addition, you’re likely to find a stack of projects yet to be finished, jars of fermenting things on every shelf in the kitchen, and probably one of the hens escaped and is wandering the neighbors yard. That is to say, this life can sure be chaotic and messy, but it’s a life I find truly satisfying.
What Sparked my Love for Traditional Living?
I am an independent person by nature. And I have a constant thirst for knowledge. As a result I seem to always be in the midst of learning a new skill. I find real contentment when I do things myself. Above all I feel closer to God and gain a deeper understanding of His truth.
I am a trained herbalist, but am largely self-taught in all other traditional handicrafts and skills. It is always a process, and I am always growing. But nothing compares to the sense of accomplishment I feel when I provide for myself with my own two hands. Eating a tomato straight off the vine, sipping a cup of fresh peppermint tea, wearing my hand sewn and hand knitted garments… It’s an indescribable joy. And it makes me praise God.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 & Colossians 3:17
I believe that we are called to live simply, to work with our hands and to do our best to live in harmony with God’s creation. I believe that the home is sacred, that family is sacred, and that the work of tending those gifts is sacred. And I believe that all that we do is to be done for the glory of God.
A Few Facts About Me
- My favorite food to make (and eat) is a recipe passed down from my Great Grandmother Hazel. It is a dish of homemade egg noodles served on top of mashed potatoes, with the meat from a whole chicken and a bone broth gravy.
- I have one complete historical outfit (except for shoes) that I made entirely by hand (no machines)! It consists of a linen shift under dress, a linen kirtle dress, a linen apron, wool knit stockings, a wool knit shawl and a wool knit hat.
- I used to work as a bioregional clinical herbalist. I traveled the country to teach at herbalism conferences, and even had some of my writings published in several magazines and one book.
New to Verity Folk School?
Once again, I give you a heartfelt welcome to Verity Folk School. This is a special space for me, and I hope it will be for you, too.